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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 2, 2005 11:03am
Forum: etree Subject: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Walk Me Out in the Morning Dew--Bonnie Dobson

This is the premiere ballad sung by Jerry during the career of the Grateful Dead. This song turned into the show stopper and often ended a show on a climactic bang...I offer the following list as a reference tool--criteria include: technical mastery (precision), emotion, lyrical and vocal performance and the Jerry Factor, etc...

The Best Morning Dews (these rankings are subject to change, of course...)

1. 05-08-1977
2. 10-18-1974
3. 09-17-1982
4. 09-09-1993
5. 05-02-1970
6. 09-18-1987
7. 06-18-1983
8. 06-21-1989
9. 04-28-1971
10. 06-07-1977

Best of the 1960s--08-23-1968, 04-05-1969
Best of 70-74--05-02-1970, 04-28,29-1971, 05-26-1972, 02-24-1974, 06-18-1974
Best of 76-86--12-31-1976, 05-08-1977, 05-22-1977, 06-07-1977, 09-02-1980, 09-17-1982, 06-18-1983, 04-01-1984, 06-28-1985
Best of 87-95--09-18-1987, 03-31-1989, 07-19-1989, 06-21-1989, 09-16-1990, 05-31-1992, 06-15-1993, 09-09-1993, 03-27-1994, 05-20-1995



This post was modified by stratocaster on 2005-04-02 13:28:53

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Poster: adlai00 Date: May 3, 2012 11:44pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

09-17-1982 was, indeed, remarkable. The raw vulnerable, yet powerful emotion in Jerry's singing is at once both martial and fragile in the way that only he could do. This quality is mirrored in the outro, which is unlike any other I have experienced. It may be the shortest one ever, but it is, nevertheless, perfect in every way. Jaw droppingly tender filigree with the whole band so in sync that the sudden upshift into magisterial heights is sudden, yet perfectly locked into place. Not the kind of pro forma blowout that had become so common in the 80s, but truly powerful because it was so completely right. A gem to be sure.

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Poster: adlai00 Date: May 3, 2012 11:44pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

09-17-1982 was, indeed, remarkable. The raw vulnerable, yet powerful emotion in Jerry's singing is at once both martial and fragile in the way that only he could do. This quality is mirrored in the outro, which is unlike any other I have experienced. It may be the shortest one ever, but it is, nevertheless, perfect in every way. Jaw droppingly tender filigree with the whole band so in sync that the sudden upshift into magisterial heights is sudden, yet perfectly locked into place. Not the kind of pro forma blowout that had become so common in the 80s, but truly powerful because it was so completely right. A gem to be sure.

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Poster: direwolf2003 Date: Apr 2, 2005 5:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

gotta agree with ya on the 09/18/87 - that has got to be the MOST emotional MD ever. Not that I have heard them all, but that version has brought tears to my eyes for years.... the last verse of "I guess it doesn'matter....." it absolutely stunning. Thanks for the post - i'll check out some of those others too. Peace

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Poster: rjs13 Date: Apr 26, 2011 12:55pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

gotta say that my all time favorite is 1972/9/21 (Dick's Picks 36, Philadelphia, PA). definitely have to give it a listen

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Poster: adlai00 Date: May 3, 2012 11:33pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

I have to agree that that Philly Dew is wonderful; perfect in every way. On the other hand, I have to admit that I was saddened the first time I heard a sound board recording of it. All of the internal bloom and most of the magic that I love about the high quality aud that I have was completely missing. Even Jerry's first note in the outro, maybe the most profound and perfect single note I have ever heard, is simply lost. I hope the the Dick's Picks soundboard does this show justice.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Feb 18, 2006 6:25am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Hard to believe that one of the best was missed on this post- I guess we all cannot listen to every version of everything.

Have a listen to 2-15-69

Is is special in many many ways. It has the great "crunchy" sound Jerry had in those days- It has a phenomenal decresendo and crescendo from beginning to end. But what is especially good about this version is Jerry's vocal stylings that he used- trust me you want to listen to this one- I feel it is a top 5 vocal performance of this song by Jerry- not even including his or the band's playing- it is hard to explain.....but take a listen

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Poster: liranfa Date: Feb 18, 2006 7:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Everybody loves that Cornell '77 but I think Passaic 4/27/77 is better. Anyone who has seen the video would have to agree.......it's the most excited I've ever seen Jerry.

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Poster: scottyb Date: Nov 7, 2010 11:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

give the mecca--4-15-89 a listen.


very underrated

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Poster: Gomez1010 Date: Dec 15, 2005 8:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Well Barton -is well - a mind melt for later stuff I always liked 4-14-84 at Hampton - Jerry blazed at this show - the Dew runs the gamut from sweet and tender tight into the march onto sonically raw at the end with Phil, Bobby and Brent on the B3 all in stride.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Dec 15, 2005 11:02am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

I love the '81 Dews, My all time favorite Dew is 9-11-81. the jam in the middle of the song was raging, and the final jam started out so ,sad and quiet and build to a fiery climax. Of all the Dews I saw over 18 years of Dead shows, this one stands out as the best for me.

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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Dec 15, 2005 11:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

My fav's would have to be the dew from the 6/2/70 show and from 5/8/77. 3/17/94 is good too. What's anybody's favorite El Paso?

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Poster: US Blues Date: Apr 2, 2005 5:50am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

6.18.83 at SPAC, 9.21.74 in Paris, and 5.26.72 in London (Europe 72 MD).

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Poster: US Blues Date: Apr 2, 2005 5:52am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Ooops, my bad, you had 6.18.83...

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Poster: Duanebase Date: Apr 2, 2005 7:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

9/3/88, good dew, give a listen

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Apr 3, 2005 1:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

I think you're maybe overlooking 10/12/84. I saw this one along with 4/1/84 and 6/18/83 and thought it may have been the best of the three.3/24/86 is worth a mention too, I love the "walk off" versions.To be honest though I was at 9/18/87 I totally forgot about it until I heard it here on the Archive.Remebered the La Bamba though.
Some other kicked around this topic a while ago you might check it out for more thoughts. http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=24247

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 3, 2005 9:06am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

yes, 10-12-1984 is a very good version, as is 03-24-1986, I could also throw in 12-30-1987 and 10-08-1989 as other incredible versions...

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Poster: FriedChickenEatinPussySmasher(Tito) Date: Apr 3, 2005 9:41am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

What about Wharf Rat?Comes a Time?BrokeDown?
GO SOX

This post was modified by FriedChickenEatinPussySmasher(Tito) on 2005-04-03 16:41:32

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Poster: GumpyGuppy Date: Apr 6, 2005 12:20pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Freedom Hall 6/18/74

download SHN

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Poster: serious the dog Date: May 4, 2012 12:37am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Morning Dew Hall of Fame

Augusta ME 10/12/84. I'm with you. Between JG's fanning and Brent's raging B-3 chording during the climax, monumental.